Monday, November 7, 2016

Meatless Monday on Campus

What Is Meatless Monday?

Meatless Monday is dedicated to reducing meat consumption in order to mitigate health risks and reduce the strain on natural resources. The nation-wide movement was founded in 2003 by Sid Lerner in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Along with 154 universities in the United States, Ithaca College has become part of the widespread Meatless Monday movement. IC Dining encourages on-campus diners to try vegetarian dishes, unique ethnic cuisines, and delectable meat free dishes, while dining halls use the opportunity to showcase the bounty of fruits and vegetables of local produce farmers.

Why Is Meat Bad?
The production of meat is very tedious. It requires a lot of land and water and often results in animal cruelty. In order to raise animals for meat production, trees are chopped down, land is cleared, and many ecosystems are destroyed. In addition to deforestation, the transportation of meat products to super markets, dining halls, or venues puts a lot of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. Moreover, most of the animals grown in large industrial farms are caged or treated very inhumanely.
By participating in Meatless Monday, we help reduce the demand for meat, resulting in decreases in environment stress, water consumption, and greenhouse gasses. As an active member, Ithaca College offers Meatless Monday options at all dining halls, including baked beans, eggplant casserole, stuffed bell peppers, spaghetti with marinara, Szechuan tofu, Pad Thai, veggie fajitas, and etc..

- Mary and Tian

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